Spring Birdwatching Tours – 2018

This is a particularly exciting time of year to visit Norfolk for birdwatching. Many species are passing through on migration, on their way to their breeding grounds further north. Our summer birds are returning and activity levels are high, with lots of singing and display, which means that they can be at their most visible. In the spring, many of the birds we see are also at their brightest which enhances the overall spectacle. With such a variety of birds to see, these tours appeal to all interest levels and abilities.

Our featured birdwatching tours for Spring 2018 are as follows:

As usual, a wide variety of additional dates are available, both for guided group tours and private customised birding days. Group tours will operate on most weekends through the spring, and additional single weekday tours may also be available, subject to availability and demand.

We also offer the flexibility to pick only a single day, or choose shorter weekend or weekday bird watching breaks from within the longer tours. Please check the itinerary for precise tour destinations and contact us for more details.

Spring Birds

The first migrants start to arrive in the middle of March, but by April the pace picks up noticeably. Ring Ouzels normally appear around the turn of the month, along with Yellow Wagtails, then Whinchats, Redstarts and all the summer warblers. By the second half of April, migration is in full swing and in the right conditions, numbers of migrants moving along the coast can be spectacular. Nightingales arrive later in April and we will go out specifically to listen for them singing their beautiful song at the end of the month and into early May.

Migration continues apace into May and this is the month when anything can turn up, given the right weather conditions. Even into early June, the right conditions can bring falls of migrants. Amongst the Redstarts and flycatchers heading for Scandinavia there could be Icterine or Marsh Warblers, Red-backed Shrikes, possibly even a Bluethroat or perhaps something even rarer. On previous Bird ID Company tours, participants have seen such exciting birds as Hoopoe, Kentish Plover, at least 40 Black Terns, Citrine Wagtail, Temminck's Stint, Collared Pratincole, Dotterel, Montagu's Harrier and White-tailed Eagle.

Ring Ouzel – Norfolk, April 2016 ©The Bird ID Company Ring Ouzel – Norfolk, April 2016 ©The Bird ID Company

Tour Details & Prices

The main focus of the Spring Tours is on sites along the North Norfolk coast – this region is world renowned for the variety of species which can be seen at this time of year. We will go looking for spring migrants and vagrants, as well as taking the time to see the more interesting resident species and watch the activities of the commoner birds which are present.

The Five Day Tours run from Saturday morning through to late Wednesday afternoon with accommodation from the Friday evening. This includes 5 nights B&B accommodation, all transport during tour days to and from your base, guiding and packed lunches.

The Three Day Tours run from Friday morning through to late Sunday afternoon with accommodation from Thursday evening. This includes 3 nights B&B accommodation, all transport during tour days to and from your base, guiding and packed lunches.

Our tours are designed to be as flexible as possible. It may be possible to book any of the dates advertised as a Day Tour, or a shorter Weekend Tour, depending on availability.

Our basic prices are detailed below.

Day Tours £50 per person per day includes all guiding and transport on the day from a convenient meeting point.
2 Days / Weekend from £210 per person includes 2 nights accommodation based on Bed and Breakfast, all guiding, transport & packed lunch.
3 Days from £310 per person includes 3 nights accommodation based on Bed and Breakfast, all guiding, transport & packed lunch.
4 Days from £400 per person includes 4 nights accommodation based on Bed and Breakfast, all guiding, transport & packed lunch.
5 Day tour from £500 per person includes 5 nights accommodation based on Bed and Breakfast, all guiding, transport & packed lunch.

As all accommodation is booked to order, final pricing will depend on the availability of rooms at the time of booking, and a single supplement may be payable. All tours are also available without accommodation, and it is very easy to add extra nights if required. Please contact us for a quotation.

Prices are based on a minimum of two customers booked per tour. If there is only a single customer booked, pricing may have to vary by negotiation.

We typically base these tours in Wells, well placed to explore the north coast of Norfolk and with many local shops and restaurants. We generally use a couple of small friendly Bed & Breakfasts. However, we can arrange alternative accommodation to suit your requirements and budget, if required.

To book a tour please select your preferred date from the tours on these pages or the itinerary. It is advisable then to contact us first to discuss availability. You will then be required to return a completed booking form to us at the address shown. For guidance please refer to the booking page.

Additional Tour Dates

In addition to the featured tours detailed above, the following dates are also available for our Winter Birdwatching Tours:

April 1st - 2nd
May 18th – 20th

Additional single weekday tours may also be available subject to demand. Please check the itinerary and contact us for more details.

T: 01263 861 892
M: 07785 534734
E: info@birdtour.co.uk



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